Is it sad that I chewed up a tablet of Gas-X to a pulp without swallowing, then laid down and let it sort of coat the back of my throat for a good twenty minutes? (Do not attempt this at home, folks...it didn't hurt me, but I can't say it fixed me.)
Anyhow, just to let you know, Jen -- you're so not alone in this madness. I have reached many new levels of despair myself along the way. I've had a lifetime of assorted health issues, but this ETD ear cr*p is by far the worst thing I've ever experienced. My husband had a blocked ear for about 24 hours after a recent flight, and within hours he was frantic to get it back open. He was googling, he was calling me for all my tips and tricks. After he was better, I told him to try to imagine having this problem, on and off, for upwards of 16 months...and then maybe he could have a little more sympathy/empathy for my sad plight. I'm not saying he's not sympathetic; he's been more than good in his actions, like buying the Ear Popper in Canada and bringing it back, and also researching acupuncture for me (which I'm trying for the first time on Weds). Anyhow, it's more that he gets tired of my ear talk...I can tell when his eyes glaze over or he just becomes grumpy because nothing seems to have worked so far. Nobody -- nobody at all -- in the world "gets" ETD unless they have had a long-standing case of it. And then they understand why it's absolutely unacceptable to go through life in this manner when there must be some way back to normal. It's not like we were born with dysfunctional ears, or that we hurt ourselves in a fire or a car crash...something has secretly changed recently with each of us, and there must be a way to change it back.
One thing that somebody on one of these boards wrote that I have held onto like a precious gem is this: our bodies will always try to heal themselves, as long as we live. I think that's important. Our bodies are doing the best they can; we just need to find the keys to how to support the body's role in healing. Maybe it's to stick it through the allergy shot route until we build up enough immunity to kick these symptoms (1-5 years!). Maybe it's to work on muscular issues and get that calmed down.
As for me, apparently the gunshot popping meant something, because last night I started having some stabbing pain in the eardrum area and then my right ear explosively popped and all this foul-smelling thin, yellowish liquid started pouring into my ear through the pe tube! (Sorry for the image.) Drainage like this is a first for me. I cleaned up and fell back to sleep. In the morning more fluid was in my ear canal; it had dried into a crust and the e-tube felt plugged. I took ibuprofen and a 12 hour sudafed, and it finally got the ear back feeling open. Called my ent-allergist and am waiting for some advice. I know kids get antibiotic drops when they have active ear infections...the drops go through the tubes and into the middle ear. Hate taking more meds but I can't have my ear leaking foul crud onto my pillow...
Coincidentally, I felt better in January/February when it was constantly cold here (30s/40s) and, thus, there wasn't as much mold or pollen in the air. Do I need to move to a desert, back to California, to Boston? I'm glad I moved up here 7 years ago and met my husband, had our two beautiful children, and it's certainly visually stunning country here, but it's become tarnished for me due to this health problem......... Like Jen said, I'm SO OVER THIS!
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HI Ladies!!!!!! Ok so my friend is on her way back to her home...finally have time to get on here...so the flight was Fine..i did the afrin, sudefed, and earplanes and honestly for a brief time when i swallowed in the air, even tho i had the ear planes in, i could feel my ears pop..they honestly felt better when we landed...but soon afterwards....plugged right back up......i was hopeful for a brief moment, the flying had acutally helped, but it was VERY short lived..i was SO petrified of flying that i almost didnt go......we had a great time but ears are still a mess.........i broked down and cried when my friend was here..i told her im so SICK of feeling like this.......trying to stay positive but its hard...Ive tried the xyilotol gum...even tried the xyilotl nasal spray, sadly not much help.........Jenn i hope ur feeling better............i know what u mean about the breakdown point......Luci, any results on the MRI???? Jenni, i might try the gas-x !!! Just SOOOO TIRED of all this.....I got a ton of laundry to do, and its back to work tomorrow....I will ck in later..but wanted to give u the flying report asap!!!! Forgot to mention also, that i have been hearing alot of crackly popping sounds in my ear.....followed by the Squeeeeezing sensation that gives me a throbbing headache.........i seriously think mine is tmj related the popping/crackling sounds like its in my neck too..when i lift my head up and down, i hear horrible crackling sounds.........ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i agree girls I AM SO OVER THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hi girls, just checking in for the day. It's storming out here in Chicagoland, so naturally my whole head, including ears, is full of...something. Is it inflammation? Is it intracranial pressure? What is it?! It certainly feels like my head will blow up any second now... I have recently read sone info on elevated intracranial pressure causing head and ear fullness. I can't say that I believe thats the case for me though. Sounds like it might be an easier fix. Oh well.
Jenni- I need to ask you honestly, did you feel as though your appointment with Dr Poe was worth it? I mean, I know he saw your e tubes working there on the screen, but I'm concerned that he didn't want to really do anything for you except suggest to get to work on the tmj. I'm confused that as an otologist/neurotologist he couldn't find ANY treatment for your etd. Im asking because I want the bare bones truth before I drop all my eggs into that basket. Your etd began during a virus, right? Your ears blocked up, you got a double ear infection. What could that possibly have to do with tmj, even though you do have it. These dr's talk about the root cause blah blah blah. But a world reknowned otologist simply says tmj? Even though it started with a virus, or rather, a flight with a virus? Maybe tmj aggravates it, maybe, but it didn't cause it, and yes, I'm willing to go out on a limb and say that cuz I think that the true root cause of yours was ignored in this case. I'm sorry if I sound angry, but I am. Maybe the research just isn't there yet, but please I cannot buy into that it was all just tmj. Ranting cuz I want relief for us all!!!
Also, Jenni, I was thinking about what u said as far as the hook that came out of your ear. Maybe it's the stuff that blocked it ages and ages ago just now starting to come out. Maybe it reeks because it's been stuck in there for 16 mos! I'm no dr of course, but who knows, it seems like something is shifting in there for you. Maybe it's for the positive. Sounds from your other descriptions like a system trying to get back to normal. Let's hope. I know I'm hoping for you cuz I swear I'm so ready to have a way to get rid of this. Let me know about Dr Poe. I don't want to spend money we dont have running out to Boston only to be told I can't be helped. Maybe if nothing gets better for you, you should consider seeing Dr Weeks that DLT saw. From her descriptions, he sounds like not only a brilliant dr, but a compassionate man. Even if you're not right for the dilation surgery, you might be right for something else.
Joyce!!!!!! So glad your flight went well. So sorry your ears couldn't stay unplugged. It's annoying when you have this moment of normalcy and it's snatched from you. I thought about you all weekend, so happy it went well. I managed to get myself sinusitis/bronchitis AGAIN. Argh! Augmentin, medrol dose pak, occasional afrin or I can't breathe, and an inhaler for my poor lungs. So scared I'm gonna get worse etd from this. Trying to just take care of the infections, and leave the ears alone lately. The steroid is making me feel crazy! Like I want to scream at someone, then laugh, then cry. It's nuts. But it helps me to breathe a bit. I know I don't want pneumonia so I'm taking then but seriously!
Luci- hope you're well. What happened with the MRI? Any results yet?
Guys I'm really starting to believe there's something to the viral aspect of this. I truly wonder if that's somehow what changed the function of our e tubes. Muscular or mucosal. Or both. I can't imagine that with so many people getting this after a viral infection, there wouldn't be some connection. I wonder if there isn't just some damage done that can be reversed, but we don't have the technology to do that yet. We need to find the root cause which is what set into motion the etd at the time that it happened. I've always had allergies and apparently also have some tmj. I've even had colds before that never turned into etd. Something about THIS cold caused it. And I wish i knew what the difference was. Maybe the strain of virus? And if so, how could it feasibly be fixed?
What, if anything, do you guys honestly think caused or possibly caused your etd? Any meds that you were taking at the time? Any lifestyle change? Hormone fluctuations? If we can get to the cause, maybe we can point ourselves in the right direction for relief.
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hi again ladies,,its drizzling and damp here...noticing my nose is plugged on the left side..and ears are really full...the left one feels like something is poking it from the inside...strangest sensation.........so tonite i went to see my GYN...she is ordering me a ton of bloodwork, she thinks my hormones are out of wack but doesnt think it could be causing the ear problems...so she looked in my ears...says the right one is so full of wax she couldnt see the ear drum..then she looks in the left one and kept looking and looking then says "ok this is really bizzare, but you have a black line going rite down the middle of your ear drum" she said she hadnt ever seen anything like that and says it honestly looks like a piece of hair stuck on the ear drum...she says its not her specialty but recommended i call my ent. of course im thinking black line=fungus is back????? she says she saw no loose debris in there just a "black line", i have really dark short hair and got a hair cut about a week ago..wondering if one of the hairs did get down there??? she musta looked in my ear 4x...she was baffled...so now i am too but scared also..of course the stress of this is making my ears feel worse...also she said my thyroid is enlarged so shes ordering an ultrasound of that and also wants to refer me to an endocrinologist...girls im really scared and trying not to be...but she took my fingers and ran them over my neck..i feel a huge bump on the right side...trying to find time to go to all these drs appts with working is hard cuz where i work, they act like im cutting off their right arm when i ask for time off...will go get bloodwork b4 work tomorrow...it will let me know where my hormone levels are...........i came home and just burst into tears...my hubby was very sympathetic cuz he knows im near my breaking point ... I JUST WANT to feel NORMAL AGAIN AND I HAVENT FOR MONTHS! please forgive me for ranting im just beyond tired of this...thanks for listening and reading my crywhine post.....Jen, wouldnt ya think if they can land a man on the moon they could find a simple cure to open our tubes?????? its just soooooo frustrating....gona call the ENT tomorow but i already took friday and today off from work...i wont be able to get into the ent til next week, i cant take anymore time off from work this week........im seriously at my lowest point right now...i gota force myself to read some devotions and try to get my positive attitude back on track..........gona go do that now and say a prayer for each of us tonite...thanks again for listening and being such great support....praying your new meds help u feel better, i did the medrol pack back a few months ago...and i didnt notice much improvement..but...at the time, it was perscribed by the 2nd ent i'd seen who TOTALLY misdiagoned my fungal infection..it was in full bloom and he blamed it on an allergic reaction to the antibiotic ear drops..and never mentioned the fact the eardrum was full of fungus..just sent me on my way with medrol but didnt treat the underlying fungal infection, which, if he had, might have not allowed it to thrive until the 3rd ent i saw finally suctioned out the crap that had adhered to my ear drum...had he done that, the medrol might have helped but i read online (which i have to quit doing !) that steroids can actually increase an already present fungus...ive read that they can be quite stubborn to treat especally if they've been around for awhile and im guessing mine had been around for a few months just never properlly diagonsed by the first 2 ents i saw..ok so ive ranted enough..and i kno ur girls are all suffering too but as hard as it is, we gota believe there IS going to come a time when we are finally rid of this ... prayers for all of you....xanax time and then bed!!!!!!!!
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Please dont worry, it sounds like u got a hair stuck in there honestly. I mean, yeah it could be a fungus, but it sounds like a strange presentation of one. Usually they're clumps or dots or patches. Get that right ear cleaned out too, maybe that's why it's stuffy on that side. I seriously hate when dr's tell u ur ear has a lot of wax in it. Then do nothing. Annoying beyond annoying. I'm sure she probably couldn't remove it but ur ENT or PCP should be able to. And they should use an instrument not high pressure washing.
I'm sure your thyroid will turn out ok. Maybe u just have hypo or hyper thyroidism and need meds to control it. It could contribute to ur stuffy ears, seriously, look up thyroid and ears. Maybe u will finally get an answer! Look at it that way. The worst is when they say nothing is wrong, goodbye, deal with it. So at least it's something, and don't think cancer cuz I really don't think it is. Just my gut talking.
I'm hoping your bloodwork comes out with some answers for you. I think it will help. I know how miserably tired of this u are I am just tired of it too. I was actually reading about chronic illness and grief. There's a guy who wrote an article that I liked. He said some people go to the extreme of just wallowing in self pity and misery, and some take the 'pollyanna' approach and try to act like nothing is changed or wrong. Both of these approaches are wrong. We shouldn't wallow or act like Suzy sunshine either. The middle ground is better he says. Finding a place in your life for the illness and allowing yourself to grieve the loss of your former self, while finding your new normal self. I try to take that to heart. I keep telling u guys that I do this, but it slowly seems to be helping- I allow myself to feel what I need to feel and tell myself that it's ok. Ok to be sad mad worried helpless. We have to let those negative emotions and feelings wash over us sometimes. Otherwise how can we get better? If we hide those feelings inside too long, they will eventually come out much louder than if we take them as they come. So Joyce, you are not wrong for crying or whining even though it may seem that way. Don't be so hard on yourself. You're going through something life changing and difficult and upsetting. You have every right to have a pity party for yourself. It doesn't make you weak. Plus, I find crying cathartic. I always feel at least a bit better after a good cry. And I'm sure your friend loves you and didn't mind one bit that you broke down. Its hard to feel the way we feel, like Jenni said. The fact that we are still fighting after all this time says something about our characters. We are not weak, even when we cry. I know how hard this has been for all of us. A funny thing I keep forgetting to tell u girls is that I am totally being stalked by that Kelly clarkson what doesn't kill u makes you stronger song. Everywhere its on, everytime I get in my car or anyone else's it comes on. Especially, no joke, when I'm feeling really down about this. Maybe it's God trying to send me a message?
I'll leave you guys with a quote I like alot, which I think we all need to hear right now:
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'†
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. "
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I repeat that last line whenever I'm in a tough spot,and I tell myself that every morning as well- you must do the thing you think you cannot do.
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Joyce, I agree...it could totally be a hair in there...I've read about this before. Sometimes a hair trapped against the ear drum causes all kinds of funny feelings. I can't believe your doctor didn't try to retrieve it! And yes, I HATE when they say you have a lot of wax and then send you on your merry way. I've mostly broken my Q-tip habit, but I still have the urge. What is aggravating me today is a feeling like bubbles of liquid clogging up my right ear pe tube, the side that had the Niagara Falls gush of fluid last night. There is DEFINITELY fluid in there still, because I can blow through that tube by valsalva and actually hear it bubbling and squeaking.
Oh! And my doctor's advise nurse never called me back today, so I never got an answer about what I'm supposed to do about this new fluid building up in my ear!
I have some more thoughts to share with you ladies, but I gotta get my two kiddos in bed. Mondays are very long days for me since the kids are home all day (no school on Mondays or Thursdays) and my husband has an event he attends Monday nights. So that means I am sole caretaker for all but about 2 hours between my husband getting home from work and then leaving again. Today was sunny and hot, so I took my kids to the park, then took them swimming, and now am completely beat. This is exhausting under the best of circumstances...I think us chronic illness moms deserve a medal sometimes.
I was thinking more today about the virus connection and wondering if this is the result of some new superbug that hits the ears and screws them up? Because in my extensive googling, it seems like there has been a HUGE uptick in people having this problem, all within the last 3-5 years.
I'll keep all of you in my thoughts tonight and think positive, healing thoughts, even though it's hard to stay positive since we're all going through so much crud. I'm also going to force myself to stay off my phone because it inevitably leads to googling and getting caught up in that.
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Hi ladies and THANK you for the encouragment..I just got back from getting my bloodwork, 8 vials...should have some results by this afternoon but the hormone/thyroid ones may take longer the girl said..so i will wait to see what it shows...gota schedule the thyroid u/sound, will let u know when i go for that....i figured there is a connection between ears/thyroid, will have to google today when i have time, but, like u guys, almost hate to do it cuz then i just keep reading and reading til i scare myself silly. I've know ive had nodules on my thyroid, but never could feel any lumps (got the initial diagnosis a year ago) but as long as my levels were ok and it wasnt bothering me, the dr said to just monitor it...so now its to the point where i can feel it, so its time to do something about it........Ok back to the ears.......hopefully the ENT can just get the wax outa the rt one and get the hair or whatever it is outa the left one........starting to wonder if, whatevers in there is giving me that constant creepy crawly sensation? I too, wonder about the superbug...since we've all taken so many antibiotics, we are prolly resistant to most.....prayers for you girls to have a good day........and i thank you for your prayers as well........!!!!!!!
WOW i just googled thyroid and ear pain/fullness...there IS a huge connection...gota go to work so dont have time to read alot right now..but there is a connection for sure...think i will post on the thyroid forum and see if anyone has similar symptoms!
I have my MRI results back. I was wondering if any of you know how to be able to share them with you all via a pm or other way that is not completely public. We have a lot of information to process and take in. For the privacy of our family I would prefer to not post the results publicly here. In the meantime I would very much appreciate your prayers as we begin the process seeing physicians and learning what we are facing. We have two appointments next week and films will be going to the neurosurgeon in Boston tomorrow.
I am sorry that all of you ( us) are struggling so much right now.
I truly appreciate the support and encouragement that we have shared as we have gotten to know each other through this journey called ETD.
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Don't know if you'll be reading this anytime soon, not sure how busy you're going to be, but please know that my prayers are most definitely with you, and that I hope that whatever that MRI said, it will be a means to a happy ending for you. I'm very worried about you, everyone on this board is like a friend to me.
You sound like a very strong person, and whatever it is that you're going through, I know you will get through it.
Sending hugs your way,
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The Following User Says Thank You to Jenmomof2 For This Useful Post: LoopyLuci (05-09-2012)
Thank you ladies for the prayers and encouragement. We have answered prayer in that we were able to get in with a Neurologist for an appointment tomorrow. We greatly appreciate the continued prayers for wisdom for the drs that will be reviewing my films and reports tomorrow.
I agree with what Jen said, we have all gotten to know each other through this site. After sharing struggles together, you do feel like friends!!
Hi ladies...........Luci, so glad you got into the neuro so quickly...that is an answer to prayer, we are all continuing to keep you and your family in our prayers. Im thankful to have found this site and such good support.......keep us posted and know that you're in my prayers xo
Here's a little update on me guys, I finally spoke to someone at that otology group that I'm supposed to see on Friday and it turns out they can't do much more than tubes. So I'm going to save my money. We just got a state Medicaid card that we have been waiting on since January, so I tried to find an ENT on that network. Turns out that the university of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)'s medical college accepts it. So I got an appt for June 19th, earliest I could get. I will see an sinus/allergy specialist 1st, then go from there. They have an otologist that I can see if need be. So we will see what happens. I'm waiting on pins and needles right now, hoping that this appt will set me on the road to recovery.
Joyce- Any bloodwork results yet?
Jenni- How have you been doing?
Luci- You're a fighter, you will get through this and come out even stronger on the other side.
Please update me when you guys get a chance!
Inspirational quote of the day:
'I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.'
Hi ladies, just a quickie -- I'm down with a blocked right ear and fluid in the ear. This is the first time it's totally blocked since my initial 48 day blockage back in Dec/Jan 2010/2011. I'm feeling really down about it...I forgot how awful 24-7 blockage is. Even the Ear Popper is having trouble blasting that side open, and it closes immediately. My hearing is way down on that side. My ent-allergist here prescribed some drops to try to keep it from turning into an acute infection.
But that's nothing...I've been thru it before, I know it will eventually open. Luci, I'm worried sick over you, though. Do know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'll try to figure the pm thing out; I know it works because someone sent me one today.
I'll try to write more soon. Thinking about you all and keeping fingers crossed we are all going to get better and find the answers we need.
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O Jenni..i hope and pray you feel better SOON! prayers with you also...Good news Jen, that you can see someone that can possibly shed some light on whats going on...my bloodwork shows a wacky thyroid, very low vit D levels , still waiting on the hormone levels (they take 7-10days to get results)..got an appt with an endocrinologist but not til JUNE 26...ugh, but hes one of the best in the area..so i will wait......i do have an enlarged thyroid...ive read online there often times is a connection between the thyroid and women experiencing ear pain/fullness....soooooooo we wil see...gota do the 50,000IU of Vit D also for a few weeks..........all other routine bloodwork was ok...Last nite i had my mother's day massage...O MY it was wonderful..she spent alot of time on the jaw/neck area ...said shes never felt such tense jaw muscles..esp. on the right side (funny thing is my worst problem is on the left side) but she worked on it and then i also got a moist heat wrap to use on my jaw. Gettin an adjustment tonite from chiro....i just wish these ears would POP!! ughhhhhhh..so that is my update.........Im praying for all of you ..........take care!!!!!!!!!
Wanted to check in. First I hate it that everyone is sufferering so much!!
I truly appreciate all of the prayers and words of encouragement that you all have offered to me.
We don't have much of an update from our appointment yesterday. We drove to Alabama to be seen by a Neurofibromatosis neurologist specialist. He is going to have a radiologist from there review my films and see if there is something that he is missing. They are referring me to an ENT there who is also a NF specialist. He was somewhat reassuring to us. I am in a progessive state with my disease, but he doesn't see overly alarmed about it.
The dr there doesn't see how what the MRI is showing can relate to my current symptoms. : ( I was kind of hoping for some of the dots to connect together and have a game plan.
We still have two appointments next week with my local Neurologist and ENT. My films were sent to my Neurosurgeon in Boston. We are still praying for wisdom for all who will be reviewing my films and records.
Jenni, I hate that you have had such a severe relapse. Once you are established with Dr. Poe is it easier to get back in with him? It sounds like the gun shot pops were indicating that your ears were fighting something. I hope the ear popper works soon and effectively for you today. That has got to be a big disappointment . Do you think they new TMJ splints are making you worse?
What a relief it would be if your thyroid is what all of your symptoms have been related to!!! It is such a pain that it takes so long to get in with specialists. I did have my hormone levels checked and they were ok. I am thankful that you mentioned it to me.
I am glad you have a new ENT lined up to try. Really glad that you found out before hand that all the other one had to offer was tubes before you went and spent more money with him.
Jenni, please let me know if you figure out the pm thing.
I think I figured out the pm thing. I think you have to be a member for a certain amount of time before it will "unlock" that feature. Buffalo and I can pm b/c we've been on here a while. Frustrating, I know. Maybe a mod can let us know the rules?
Well, I got my right ear most of the way back open. I've been taking 12 hr sudafed, ibuprofen every 4 hours, mucinex, and Ear Popper 3-4 times a day. Also prescription antibiotic drops in the ear 2X a day. I'm not sure what has got the ear back open...I feel like the Ear Popper helped because after I treated myself this morning, like maybe a half hour later, I swallowed and felt a rush of warm liquid go down the back of my throat. It's SUPER disgusting to think this may have been the fluid in the ears...maybe it was just all the antibiotic drops sitting in my middle ear space. (My husband could actually smell the infection in my ear, it's that bad!)
It does worry me that this infection coincides with my starting the night split and then the day splint. But I also think it may have been beginning ever since my flight home from Boston, since I was having those weird gunshot pops all the time. I haven't had a gunshot SINCE the infection set in. My ear was so blocked at first that I couldn't get air into it using the Ear Popper. Then I could tell it was starting to break up because I could blow air in and the sound was like letting ear out of a balloon through its opening slowly...you know, how you can make that squeaky sound. So I took that to mean the tube was only partially blocked at that point. Then on my last treatment, the air blowing sounded much more clear. And the pressure is toned way down. It's still there, but I don't feel deaf and like I have a huge, swollen, dead ear. *sigh* I was really depressed when this happened because it took me right back to how I felt in Jan 2011 with the original ear infection.
I feel like even though my tubes are functional some of the time, there are a lot of predisposing factors leading to them becoming periodically blocked. I know it's my tubes blocking -- nothing else would give me an infection like that, a blocked, deaf ear. I don't have meniere's, and besides, meniere's doesn't produce visible clear yellow fluid dripping out of my ear. That's classic otitis media with effusion. Maybe SOME of the sensations I get in my ear are from TMJD, but I think MOST of the sensations are simply the tubes getting blocked up. Maybe the TMJD spasms are clamping down on the tubes. Maybe it's the fact that I'm allergic to all the crap in the air here and the tubes are swelling shut.
I wish I could have had video nasal endoscopy when I was in the acute, symptomatic phase of my disease. Otherwise, it's going to be hard to get a clear clinical picture. It's going to be a lot of detective work. I'm not blaming anyone...sometimes I feel normal for short periods of time, sometimes I'm blocked. I badly need a local ENT with the means to examine me when I'm highly symptomatic. Not that anyone is able to get me in fast enough to see me when I'm at my worst. It's frustrating!
SOMETHING has changed with my ears in the past couple of years. I never had ears blocking with colds, allergies, or flights. The only thing that makes sense to me is that I had a virus that damaged my tubes, that I've developed bad allergies (proven), or that I have TMJD (also proven through extensive testing and tomography). It's like a perfect storm...many factors coming together to create a real problem. Or I'm totally off track. It's SO frustrating...I was getting so upset at my ear the other day that it made my husband angry at me, and we got into it. He said he was sick of hearing about ears all the time. You can't blame him...but other than you guys, I have no outlet for this pain.
Luci, Buffalo, Jen...Do know I've been holding all of you in my thoughts and hoping and praying for the best.
Jenni, sooooooo happy to hear that you have had some luck in getting that right ear blasted back open!!! It sounds like you went about it in a very strategic manner. You must have had quite an infection in there. Hoping the gun shot pops are done for you .
A couple of thoughts/ questions I wanted to throw out to everyone.
I have noticed that when the barometric pressure is lower I have a much easier time clearing my ears. Oddly enough that is when it is raining or is getting ready to storm. The nicer the day, the higher the barometric pressure reading. Is anyone else watching the barometric pressure numbers to see what affect it has on their symptoms?
One thing the dr suggested yesterday was the possibility of labrynthitis. ( sp) Has anyone had this suggested to them as the cause of their eustachian tube dysfunction? I think because I have so much nausea and sickness with this is why that is something he said might be a possibility. But, having already done two rounds of steroids he didn't feel that there was much left to try in the way of anti-inflamatories. Motrin makes my tinnitus go sky high, so I have been avoiding it.
Jenn and Joyce have you ladies had some success with the olive leaf supplement that you mentioned? Jenni, is there anything along these lines that you have tried? And please, vent away as needed to us. That is why we are here!!